2017/18 Champions Cup qualification and draw details
May 8, 2017 10:10 am Site Editor
Guinness PRO12 – Munster Rugby, Leinster Rugby, Scarlets, Ospreys, Ulster Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, Benetton Rugby
Aviva Premiership – Wasps, Exeter Chiefs, Saracens, Leicester Tigers, Bath Rugby, Harlequins
TOP 14 – La Rochelle, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Montpellier, RC Toulon, Castres Olympique, Racing 92
EPCR have confirmed that the Pool Draws for 2017/18 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup will take place in Neuchâtel, Switzerland on Thursday, June 8.
The 20th place for next season’s tournament will be decided by a series of play-off matches.
If Gloucester Rugby win Friday evening’s Challenge Cup final at BT Murrayfield, they will take the place of Northampton Saints – the seventh-ranked club from the Aviva Premiership – in Play-off 1.
Champions Cup play-offs – 19/20/21 May
Play-off 1: Northampton Saints (Aviva Premiership seventh-ranked club) or Gloucester Rugby v Connacht Rugby (PRO12 ninth-ranked club)
Play-off 2: Stade Français Paris (TOP 14 seventh-ranked club) v Cardiff Blues (PRO12 eighth-ranked club)
The Premiership and TOP 14 clubs will have home advantage.
Play-off Final – 26/27/28 May
Winner Play-off 1 v Winner Play-off 2
The winner of the Play-off Final takes the 20th place in the 2017/18 Champions Cup
The remaining 18 clubs from the Aviva Premiership, the Guinness PRO12 and the TOP 14 which have not qualified for the Champions Cup will play in the 2017/18 Challenge Cup.
The 19th and 20th places in next season’s Challenge Cup have been secured by Russia’s Enisei-STM and Krasny Yar who will play in the Continental Shield final at the BT Murrayfield complex on Saturday.
Be a part of every big match next season, including all three of Leinster Rugby’s home Champions Cup pool matches.